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It's no secret that the sound of people chewing is a fairly common pet peeve. Whether it's the crunch of potato chips or a general saliva-movement, it can bring out a nervous twitch in the best of us. While most people agree to the annoyance of this, there are also people who grow physically angry by this sound — and not simply because they're a little more quick-tempered
Misophonia, "the hatred of sound," is a disorder in which certain sounds trigger emotional and physical responses that are often "overly dramatic," and "unreasonable." So yes, that rage you feel when Aunt Becky chomps down on a carrot may actually be because you are experiencing a degree of misophonia. Depending on the severity of your experience, you may be inclined to avoid situations where the sound that annoys you most may be present. This obviously impacts individuals in many social settings, as well as general mental health.
Each week, we're bringing you the best resources and influencers to give you a health boost. Here's what we're following this week regarding misophonia.
Nope, it's not just you who is filled with intense emotion when your dinner companion begins to chew. Thomas H. Dozier relates and has plenty of management techniques that make public dining a little less painful.
Podcast: "The Misophonia Podcast"
Yes, there's a podcast for that! The Misophonia Podcast interviews different "misophones" around the world to share experiences, tips, and "OMG ME TOO!" moments.
Instagram influencer: Misophonia Memes
It's good to laugh.
Twitter account: Hear Our Misophonia!
One of the hardest things to do is not focus too much negativity on things you can't control, that being misophonia… https://t.co/BvnuXbmwsX— Hear Our Misophonia ! (@Hear Our Misophonia !)1588076507.0
There's a group for everything, misophonia advocacy included! Hear Our Misophonia doesn't just ~get it~ but they talk about it in ways that keep the conversation going.
YouTuber: The Psych Show
What do we hate? Sounds! What do we need? Coping mechanisms! Thankfully, The Pysch Show is here to help. They've got research and answers, no matter what sound grinds your gears.
There are plenty of sounds to dislike. Instead of focusing on them, turn on some music therapy and let your brain relax a little.
Misophonia is something that people cannot always control. In these cases, it's best to focus on what you CAN control — even the noise around you. A small sound therapy machine has a variety of white noises to choose from — whether you're feeling ocean waves or a ceiling fan.
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